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Lead and Lead Battery Industries Join Forces to Initiate Pro-Lead Battery Campaign for Europe and North America

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, February 11, 2016

The International Lead Association (ILA), EUROBAT, Battery Council International (BCI), and Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR) have announced the formation of a new strategic alliance. Its goal: advancing the cause of lead batteries in the face of the challenge of competing chemistries and associated technologies.

Although the four organisations have been working informally together for some time, the alliance — which had to be approved by the leadership of each association — has created a common action plan for the year, centred around lead batteries, with duties assigned between the members.

The four organisations have agreed on a joint strategy that would be focused on three objectives — ensuring that lead batteries are regarded as the future product of choice, that the benefits of lead-based products and in particular lead batteries are recognised more widely outside the industry, and that regulation on batteries is proportionate to the risks that lead poses to health and the environment. 

The first targets of the programme are Europe and North America, which is where the associations are most strongly represented - the research work of the US-based Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium, now part of the ILA, is also included in the remit.

Dick Amistadi, Chairman of ABR, said: “This alliance is good news for ABR and will means there will be a greater co-ordinated effort to support the lead recycling industry in North America.” 

Mark Thorsby, Executive Vice-President of BCI said: “This alliance ensures a more rapid response to industry challenges around the world and, at the same time, presents opportunities for greater efficiency and effectiveness among the four associations, including the lead and lead battery industries communication programs aimed at stakeholders in North America.”  

Alfons Westgeest, Executive Director of EUROBAT, said: “We are glad to be part of this strategic alliance. For many years EUROBAT and its members have been deeply involved in government affairs and more and more proposals made and decisions taken in Europe are affecting the global battery market.  This drives the need to exchange policy topics with our global partners.  We want the EU to recognize lead-based batteries are very viable solutions that offer services for industrial, energy storage and automotive applications.”

Andy Bush, Managing Director of ILA, said: “We are delighted to be part of this alliance which fits perfectly into ILA’s wider strategic goals to support the lead industry and ensure lead batteries are the future product of choice.”

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For further information contact: Bob Tolliday, ILA Communications Manager,Tolliday@ila-lead.org tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 8090 

Notes to editors

About ILA

The International Lead Association is the trusted global trade association for the lead industry and its member companies are at the forefront of the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead. The association is working towards a vision of a sustainable global lead industry that is recognised for the positive contribution it makes to society. 

ILA takes a leadership role in promoting responsible care and educating society about the benefits of lead for today’s and future generations. Recent studies have shown that lead-based batteries achieve a recycling rate of 99% in the EU and USA.

About EUROBAT

EUROBAT is association for the European manufacturers automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries. EUROBAT has 52 members from across the continent comprising more than 90% of the battery industry in Europe. The members and staff work with all stakeholders, such as battery users, governmental organisations and media, to develop new battery solutions in areas of hybrid and electro-mobility as well as grid flexibility, renewable energy storage and demand response services.

About Association of Battery Recyclers

ABR is a group of companies involved in lead battery recycling. The members of the association share a dedication to environmental and community responsibility. We are committed to upholding all applicable laws and regulations for the safety of the public, our employees and the environment.

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